Last Drinks – Geelong 2017 Preview

The Cats were disappointed with the way their season ended last year in the Preliminary Final against the Swans and have had to deal with being called a two man team all off-season. If Danger and Selwood don’t get some more troops to help them out then it could be another what-if season for the Cats.

Blue Chip Investment

Patrick Dangerfield – MID – $716,900 – Player Ownership: 59.1%

Frankly I don’t know what I could write that would (or more appropriately should) persuade you to pick him. So let’s all just save each other some time and just admit that Danger is the new King of SuperCoach (much respect to Gaz and Fyfe) and that if you don’t start the season with him in your midfield you really mustn’t care about winning.

JLT SC scores: 117, 61, 139

Mid Price Potential

Zach Tuohy – DEF – $443,200 – Player Ownership: 18.2%

I suppose we can classify Tuohy as a mid-price player and a very popular one at that. While his average of 82 last year with Carlton is his highest ever, the Cats obviously see him as a player who can provide them with some run off half back and his previous seasons probably don’t demonstrate what we can expect from Tuohy this season. He has played every game for the last four years (sorry if I jinx him and those who pick him) so you know he is durable and his JLT scores have been pretty impressive.

JLT SC scores: 130, 127, 76

Point of Difference

Joel Selwood – MID – $606,600 – Player Ownership: 6.9%

Last season Selwood began his new role as Robin to Dangerfield’s Batman and while his scores were still very good, averaging 112 for the season, they weren’t his best ever. Many think the likes of Adam Treloar have gone past Selwood and but that is what makes him such a great option. Geelong have spoken about getting more production from their midfield and while they were considered a two-man-show last year I still think there is more upside in Selwood. While only in 7% of teams that makes him a genuine midfield premium POD and their aren’t a lot of them going around.

JLT SC scores: 20, 151, 99

Rookie

Tom Stewart – DEF – $117,300 – Player Ownership: 38.5%

At age 23 Tom Stewart has been plucked from the Cats VFL side and looks set to make his debut in Round 1. Some good performances in the JLT have led many to expect that Stewart will assume the third tall defender role in Geelong’s defence allowing Harry Taylor to go forward and provide an option next to Tom Hawkins. A definite cash cow for your team’s defence.

JLT SC scores: 85, 57, 45

Stay Away

Scott Selwood – MID – $281,100 – Player Ownership: 3.4%

There was a time where I strongly was considering Selwood as a mid-price midfield POD instead of the likes of David Swallow and Jaeger O’Meara. He has proven to be a SuperCoach premium in the past averaging 104 in 2012 and 2013, but since then has struggled to get on the park. The matches he played late last season piqued my interest further (57, 78 and 87) and while only priced at an average of 55 I can no longer justify starting him after further injuries in pre-season. Maybe one to consider further down the road but probably not which is a shame.

JLT SC scores: DNP, DNP, DNP


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